Are you a people watcher like me? There is a name for us!
Wait for it… “Gongoozler”
Yes, pronounced (gon-GOOZ-luhr), we are what is termed, idle spectators.
Be it leisurely watching the passage of boats or just observing things idly, we tend to visually guzzle up the sights and sounds.
Gongoozler. That’s me. Guilty. A past-time that I love, especially when I used to travel by bus. I would insert the ear phones, leave the music off (to deter conversationalists) and appear to be engrossed. A trick I learned because naive smiling me always seemed to attract the talkative aunties and unsavoury leering lechers.
That silent hour of being seemingly self-absorbed was most often, the only time, busy Mom, Wife, Employee had to myself. Loved that time that allowed me to crochet and indulge in making up mental stories about my “subjects”. When caught, I used to flush with embarassment until I learned to smile disarmingly.
As a motorist now and a beach hopper, I stop and surreptitiously stare. Restaurants are my happy place. As my husband indulges in his meal, I narrate the scenarios, much to his amusement. Bonus for him, slow eater and talker that I am, he gets to finish my beverage and meal.
Are you too guilty of people watching?
No harm in it, really! Get caught? Smile and wave.